Posted by: kalmeida317 | February 9, 2011

Tri valley University: Examining the Root of the Problem

The recent fiasco in California got me thinking about the crux of the problem surrounding Indian students who seek foreign education, which in my opinion is an issue becoming increasingly prominent.

For years now foreign Universities primarily from the U.S, U.K, Australia and Canada have been allowed to enter educational seminars in India without any prior inquiries conducted on the credibility, quality and legitimacy of these institutions. The Educational Ministry in India plays virtually no part in these organizations actively seeking Indian students, who do not necessarily have the resources to investigate the value of joining such dubious academic entities.

Unfortunately in India, an unrealistic yet existent fairy tale appeal has been created around students spreading their wings and departing to foreign lands for a better and more fruitful education (at least that’s what they say). The decisions that these students make is therefore intrinsically clouded and that helps facilitate disasters like Tri valley.

With hundreds of thousands of Indian students traveling overseas to pursue an education the Indian Government needs to do a better job of scanning Universities who enter India with the aim of recruiting International students. Universities abroad clearly benefit from acquiring international students because in most cases they pay 2x the price. In 2007 International students brought in $13 billion to U.S universities and therefore some of these non credible academic institutions will continue to unethically promote themselves by waving requirements and advertising the potential of the much coveted “immigration into foreign lands”. The students in this case are the ones who could potentially lose the most.

Furthermore, much of the problem lies in the fact that there simply aren’t enough higher education institutions in India to satisfy the demand. Students are forced to look elsewhere for opportunities and consequently most students who have access to sufficient finances instinctively disregard India, with the focus being on getting out and not getting into a reputed establishment with good standing.

Education is arguably India’s most prevalent problem and yet according to UNESCO “India has one of the lowest public expenditure budgets on higher education per student in the world”. The education ministry, at the very least should do a more sincere and thorough job of increasing awareness and nudging aspiring students in the right direction. Education is directly linked to improving the population crisis, increasing the country’s GDP and enhancing the standard of living in the nation. Based on that, I think that it is more the worthwhile for everyone who can, to make more of an effort and revolutionize the current standard.

-Karan Almeida

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Responses

  1. I agree, however I was not implying that the Indian government was at fault. I was saying that more can be done to prevent mishaps like this.

  2. I personally think the onus researching the credibility of a University lies with the student. It is not so hard these days with the internet and various student forums, Facebook etc, to actually find out how worthy, unworthy or fraudulent a University may be.
    I would have some advice to offer students.

    One of the most important things is do not take the word of any agent who is promoting the establishment in India if you come across them in say an educational exhibition but do some research into it yourself.

    If you are investing in an expensive education abroad then go for names which have been established over decades rather than places that no one has heard of.

    You would not start a business without thoroughly researching it, education after all is also an investment, do not jump into it blindly. It is easy to get excited when you hold that letter of acceptance from a foreign university, that may be your ticket to an amazing future or out of the mundaneness of existence, but do spend some time and effort on ascertaining its authenticity.


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